Thompson Friday Forecast

January 11, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill


Students will not have school next Friday, January 18th due to a Teachers’ Work Day. And schools will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


The D303 community has until February 15, 2019 to participate in the 5Essentials Survey (Parent Satisfaction Survey). If you have not done so already, please consider participating in this process by clicking on the following link Parents are encouraged to complete a survey for each of their children.

The percentage of parents that participate in the survey is a direct reflection on our school at the state level. Please take a few moments of your time to provide us this important feedback!


Thursday, January 17th marks the end of the second quarter. Please have a discussion with your student to make sure that this date is on his/her “radar.” It is important that students are aware of this date so that action can be taken to ensure that all assignments and activities are completed and turned in before the end of the quarter.


It is with sadness that I let you know that Thompson has lost one of our staff members. Mrs. Cathy Nordlund who served as a Thompson teaching assistant lost her battle with cancer. Mrs. Nordlund supported the Thompson/Haines middle students and staff since 1998. She was a pillar of strength, consistency, and trust within our school community and beyond. Prior to her illness, Mrs. Nordlund was making plans to retire at the end of this school year. Please let us know if your child worked closely with Mrs. Nordlund and if you would like one of our Student Services staff to follow up with your child. Please keep Mrs. Nordlund’s family in your thoughts during this difficult time.


A big thank you goes out to the PTO for supporting our grade level trivia/open gym nights this week. We appreciate all of the donations and volunteers for these events!

Enjoy your weekend!


Thompson Thunder 2019 Girls' Basketball Tryouts

7th Grade Tryouts: January 14th, 15th and 16th. 7/8th center gym. 3:30-5:15 PM

8th Grade Tryouts: January 14th, 15th and 16th. 6th grade center gym. 3:45-5:15 PM

All athletes must have a current physical on file to participate. Athletes are expected to be at all three days of tryouts. Please contact the coaches if you have any questions.

7th Grade coaches: Jim Roche and Barry O’Connor

8th grade coaches: Ashley Gutshall, Jeff Otterby, Chris Patrick, and Heather Wainwright

Robotics Club

This year’s Robotics Club will see students design and construct robots in teams, so they can compete in different mini-games.

The club will start on Tuesday, January 15th. The club is only for 7th and 8th graders and is limited to the first 40 students who turn in their permission slips to Mr. Coyle in Room 144 or the main office. Specific information regarding the club can be found at:

The club meetings will be held from 3:30- 4:30 pm in room 144. The club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so students can take the activity bus home if needed. Because participation in the club is limited, it is the expectation that students try to make most of the club’s meeting dates. There is no fee for participating in the club. Please contact Ed Coyle with any questions regarding the club and turn in the permission slip attached to this Friday Forecast.

Free Screening of “Angst” at Batavia Fine Arts Centre

In October, over 200 members of our school community viewed the movie Angst, which documents the struggles teens and young adults have with anxiety, and the ways they overcome them with support. District 303 families have asked that we bring Angst back for an additional showing. We are pleased to announce that our colleagues in Batavia District 101 have invited us to attend their showing of Angst on January 23. Below you will find information about their screening, as well as a link to the sign up sheet. We want to thank the Batavia community for extending this invitation to our families in District 303 and hope you can attend.

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., Batavia Public School District 101 will hold a special screening of the IndieFlix documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre (located within Batavia High School) to open up a dialogue on the important topic between families, community leaders, and experts. Suggested for ages 10 and up, this free event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion with special guests in the mental health care field. All community members in the Fox Valley area are welcome. Click here to reserve your seats.

8th Grade Advanced Placement Information

For any interested eighth graders and their parents, the Social Studies Honor Society at East High School is hosting an 'AP Night' to give incoming freshmen more information about the Advanced Placement social studies courses that freshmen can take at East. The event will feature the opportunity to hear from parents, students, and teachers regarding the commitment required by AP classes. It will be on Thursday, January 24th, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Enter through the main entrance (door 1). Email with any questions.

Soup for the Superbowl!

The 6th grade center is organizing a food drive for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each 6th grade team will compete against each other to collect the most canned soup to donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Please bring in a canned soup item beginning on January 14th. Our soup drive will continue throughout the playoffs! Team Leaders will have a box in their classrooms.

Final can count will be conducted on Friday, February 1st. May the best team win!

High School Counselor Visits

Our eighth graders met with their high school counselors before winter break to learn about high school and course schedules. Students were given a blue sheet for our North Stars and an orange sheet for our Saints to identify possible electives for next year. Students should review these sheets with parents and bring them back to school for their counselor meetings on January 23rd and January 24th.

D303 Middle School Culinary Competition

Do you have what it takes to be the D303 Middle School Top Culinary Champion? We want YOU to join our Thompson Thunder team! 15 students will be chosen to represent Thompson as we compete against Wredling on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at St. Charles East High School. The theme this year is GREEN. All dishes must contain visible GREEN ingredients.

Please see the attached flyer for entry forms and more information. Entry forms & samples are due to Mrs. Schmidt in Room 121 of the 6th grade center during the week of January 28th and no later than Friday, February 1st.

If you were not able to attend this week's informational meeting, please contact please contact Mrs. Schmidt.

Thompson Spiritwear Still Available

The PTO is keeping the store open to order Thompson Thunder Spiritwear for just two more weeks! Click here to see the selections and prices. Please contact the PTO Spiritwear Chairman if you have questions!

Go Thompson Thunder!!!

Thompson 18-19 Yearbook

Every year, Thompson students publish a Thompson Yearbook. Students who decide to purchase a yearbook are given this keepsake at the end of the school year. Buying a yearbook is optional and not all students choose to own one. The price of the yearbook is $25.

Have you ordered your Thompson 18-19 Yearbook? You can check your PushCoin account to see if you have purchased one by going to 'transactions' and then adjusting the start date back to April 1, 2018. We are extending the due date for ordering books to Friday, February 1, 2019. Contact Kim Walters ( or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance.

If you would like to order a yearbook, please view the PushCoin product listings by clicking here.

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Holiday Lights Recycling

Thompson is proud to be participating in the Holiday Lights Recycling program sponsored by America In Bloom - St. Charles, Elgin Recycling, and the City of St. Charles! Last year America in Bloom - St. Charles collected more than 1,000 lbs of lights, diverting them from a landfill to be recycled instead.

Drop off working or non-working Holiday Lights in bins in our main foyers. These include:

  • Traditional Holiday Lights
  • LED Holiday Lights
  • Italian Mini Holiday Lights
  • Rope Lights
  • Extension Cords

Please do not drop off prelit garland, wreaths, trees, or lighted lawn decorations or ornaments.

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Upcoming Parent University Programs

January 24, 2019

Follow-Up ANGST Session #2

Wasco Elementary LRC - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Click here to register for ANGST Session #2

January 30, 2019

Preventing and Addressing Bullying: Lessons Learned and Resources for Parents

Thompson 6th Grade Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Faculty from the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University will present practical information from their research and their work as part of a U.S. Department of Education training grant “Project Prevent and Address Bullying.” Thompson Middle School is partnering with NIU on this grant project, bringing resources that will be shared throughout the district. The faculty will present helpful knowledge, tips, and resources parents can use when navigating bullying situations.

Click here to register for this program.

February 20, 2019

Common Sense Approach to Managing Technology: Teaching Children How to Be Good Digital Citizens in the Age of Social Media, Gaming and Screen Time

Wredling Middle School – Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Technology is a part of all our lives. From phones to laptops to video games, we are more “connected” or “plugged in” than ever. How do we help our children (and ourselves) find balance when it comes to the use of technology? During this Parent University we will share tools and strategies to help create balance and set boundaries. The night will feature a panel as well as opportunities for interactive discussion. Come “hang up and hang out”!

Click here to register for this program.

Please click here to view all of the planned Parent University Programs.

Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above. You can support the Thompson PTO by volunteering your time and/or paying your 18-19 PTO dues.

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, January 17 - End of the 2nd Quarter
  • Thursday, January 17 - End of the M3 Health Rotation
  • Friday, January 18 - Teachers' Work Day - No School for Students
  • Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Schools are Closed
  • Tuesday, January 22 - Start of the M4 Health Rotation
  • Wednesday, January 23 - "Angst" screening at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
  • Wednesday, January 23 - PTO Fundraiser - Batavia Portillo's - 5 - 8 pm
  • Thursday, January 24 - Parent University: "Angst" Follow-Up Session #2
  • Wednesday, January 30 - Parent University: Preventing & Addressing Bullying
  • Friday, February 1 - Yearbook Orders are due

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal